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In Conversation: Directors Talk Shakespeare


Fri 15 Apr 2016, 5:15pm–6:30pm

Where: Central City Library, 44-46 Lorne St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: R13

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  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: Pop-up Globe

What are the unique and specific demands of directing Shakespeare versus conventional plays? What are the differences between working in black box theatres and open air Elizabethan amphitheatre houses? What can 21st century directors learn from the working practices of the 16/17th century?

Pop-up Globe Theatre Company’s production of Twelfth Night has been described as ‘a truly ensemble production with some outstanding performances,’ (theatreview) and a ‘triumph’ ( that has captured the imagination of audiences across New Zealand. This beloved Shakespeare masterpiece is told by a fantastic all male cast, directed by Pop-up Globe founder Dr. Miles Gregory with Associate Director David Lawrence (Artistic Director, The Bacchanals Theatre Co., Wellington)

These two directors, with extensive directing experience that spans the greater part of both their professional careers, discuss the triumphs and challenges faced in storytelling for the Shakespearean stage, assisting actors in creating believable and relatable characters and staying true to the text whilst adding a fresh twist.

We are grateful to be hosted by Auckland Library, home to New Zealand’s lone copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio, one of only 233 in the world. The Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays and was bought in 1894 by Sir George Grey specifically for the library. Originally published in 1623 and compiled by Shakespeare’s former colleagues John Heminge and Henry Condell, the Folio contains 36 of his Comedies, Histories & Tragedies.

The Pop-up Globe engagement programme unlocks the secrets behind the Pop-up Globe exclusively for audiences. Each lively conversation brings together the team from the Pop-up Globe and Shakespeare scholars to discuss and share of their unique experience of bringing Shakespeare text to life in the space in which he wrote it.

Pop-up Globe Auckland is a full-scale working temporary replica of the second Globe Theatre originally built by Shakespeare and his company in 1614, the result of ground-breaking international academic research. With a steel frame ‘skinned’ in plywood the Pop-up Globe fuses cutting-edge scaffold technology with 400-year-old designs and superb contemporary performances to create an immersive 360 degree experience unlike any other.

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